Refugees International Welcomes Federal Judge’s Decision to Halt Trump’s Block on Refugees

Statement from Refugees International President Eric Schwartz on U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte of Maryland’s decision today to halt President Trump’s executive order requiring governors and local officials give their ‘consent’ for continued resettlement of refugees within their jurisdictions:

“Today’s decision on the Trump administration’s refugee executive order is a victory. Americans should be proud of the court’s decision that enables the continued resettlement of refugees in our communities based on existing policy, not on a political agenda. The fact that 42 governors, including 19 Republican governors, and more than 100 local governments already signed letters affirming their support for refugee resettlement shows us that Americans are committed to welcoming the stranger and value the great economic and social contributions that refugees make in our communities.” 

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